LV County Championship Round-Up - 18th June
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Division One, day two
After a washed out first day, Lancashire and Hampshire were able to get their match under way today. The home team batted first and the loss of regular wickets saw them post a mediocre score of 208 all out. England talisman, continuing his comeback from injury made just 12 in an innings that saw Paul Horton top score with just 37. Chris Tremlett picked up four wickets and veteran seamer Dominic Cork taking three. Glen Chapple struck early on to dismiss Jimmy Adams but teenager James Vince (34*) with the help of Nic Pothas (35*) saw the visitors to the close of play, finishing on 124 for four.
Division Two, day one
Gloucestershire had the better of day one against Middlesex today at Bristol. England captain Andrew Strauss started well hitting two boundaries in his 32, however Middlesex began to collapse and fell to 153 all out. Former England seamer was the pick of the bowling attack taking three for 34, but the wickets were shared out with Kirby, Ireland and Banerjee taking two wickets apiece. Gloucestershire started well with the bat and William Porterfield, fresh from the World Twenty20 scored 53 before being caught behind from the bowling of Steve Finn. Craig Spearman and Chris Taylor saw the home team to the close of play and will be looking to build a big lead on day two.
Division One, day three
Sussex were set a huge task to beat Somerset as they set them 348 to win on day three of their First Division match. Piyush Chawla continued his brilliant form of the first innings and he caused havoc for the Somerset batsmen in taking six for 52 to take his match tally to 11. Somerset will have been dreaming of setting Sussex even more than they did but the only batsmen to really get going was Arul Suppiah who scored 50, which included eight boundaries. Chris certainly wasn't giving up hope of a Sussex win and he finished the day on 111 not out, having scored the majority of his teams runs. The home team closed on 169 for four and will be hoping to claim an unlikely win tomorrow on the final day.
Steve Harmison ripped apart the Warwickshire batting on day three of their clash with Durham. He took five of the nine wickets to fall after Durham were finally bowled out for 433, Chris Woakes claiming four for 105 and Ian Blackwell smashing 158. After Ian Westwood was dismissed for eight early on by Graham Onions, Tim Frost and Ian Bell put together a decent partnership of 129. However, with their dismissals it gave Harmison a chance to bowl at the lower order and he set about wrapping up the innings quickly. His five wickets meant that the hosts lost their next eight wickets for just over 100 giving them a difficult task to stay in the game on the last day.
The game between Worcestershire and Yorkshire looks to be heading for a draw as they nearly equalled their hosts score on day three of their match. In his last match to stake an Ashes claim, Michael Vaughan added just 18 to is overnight score and he was caught by Gareth Batty from the bowling of Whelan. Yorkshire were struggling at 108 for five however Andrew Gale and Tim Bresnan managed to put together a partnership of 170 to produce a good total. Gale was caught off the bowling of Gareth Batty for 101 and Tim Bresnan fell just three short of his own century. Yorkshire finished on 413 for eight and looks to be fizzling out to a draw.
Northamptonshire looked to speed up the match looking for a result by declaring their innings whilst still trailing Glamorgan's first innings score. After the loss of three late wickets last night, Alex Wakely steadied the ship and scored an unbeaten 113, supported by 44 from South African Andrew Hall.With the loss of their eighth wicket Northamptonshire declared their innings on 215 for eight as David Harrison took three wickets. Glamorgan lost just one wicket on their way to 59 for one at close, Mark Cosgrove bowled by Monty Panesar for 22. Gareth Rees scored an unbeaten 36 not out and Glamorgan will be hoping to force a result on the final day of this match.
Division Two, day three
Kent could be on their way to an unlikely victory as they closed on 107 for one against Essex chasing 477. Mark Pettini scored 101 not out to allow Essex to declare on 320 for six and Graham Napier smashed two sixes in his 48 which came from just 46 balls. Chasing this huge total, Kent started well and Joe Denly finished the day on 74 not out as they closed on 107 for one at the end of the day. It will take a huge effort to knock off the remaining runs but Joe Denly looks well set and Kent will need him to carry on his good form tomorrow if they are to win.
Leicestershire began their rescue mission against Surrey and ended on 181 for two after bowling Surrey out for 329. The visitors looked like posting a huge score when Brown and Ramprakash were at the crease, but the Foxes faught back admirably in the form of Harry Gurney who took his maiden five wicket haul. Brown fell for 101 and Gurney came on to finish off the innings taking five for 82. Leicestershire made a solid start and Boeta Dippenaar and HD Ackerman both scored unbeaten fifties as they closed on 181 for two to hopefully get on their way to saving the match.
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